High-speed chase on city street, over Spooner ends in 2 arrests | TahoeDailyTribune.com

High-speed chase on city street, over Spooner ends in 2 arrests

It started as an attempted burglary, became a Highway 50 car chase that reached speeds of 100 mph and ended as a foot chase in the canyons of Spooner Summit after a police car was rammed, authorities said.

Shane Wilson, 19, from Merced and a 17-year-old male were placed into custody Thursday on charges related to the attempted theft and chase.

Wilson, the driver, was booked into Carson City Sheriff’s Department Jail on $25,000 bail for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of marijuana.

The 17-year-old was sent to a juvenile detention center in Carson.

The two were wanted for a foiled burglary attempt at a residence on El Dorado Avenue, police said.

The resident reportedly returned home about 9:35 a.m. which prompted the two to take flight, said South Lake Tahoe police Sgt. Alex Schumacher.

Police were looking for a white 1989 Mercedes 300E when the car was seen driving east on Highway 50 near Johnson Boulevard, Schumacher said.

A chase ensued and the Mercedes barreled through a red light at the corner of Highway 50 and Pioneer Trail, sped past the entrance to Zephyr Cove Elementary and Whittell High schools at 90 mph and repeatedly crossed into oncoming traffic lanes.

The car was headed for Spooner Summit with three agencies pursuing.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Department laid spike strips on the bottom of Highway 50 near the runaway truck stop but the two men jumped out of the car and bailed into the canyons of Spooner Summit.

The juvenile was caught almost immediately while a manhunt consisting of officers and K-9 units for Wilson spanned for several miles and lasted about 45 minutes.

“We found him hiding in a back of a van on someone’s property down in the canyon,” said Douglas County sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Minister. “He was caught by two lieutenants from the (Douglas County) Sheriff’s Department.”

Detective Sgt. Jim Gurden of the Merced Police Department said the Mercedes was stolen sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday from an 82-year-old woman. The woman was sleeping when thieves entered her house and took two purses, three credit cards, an ATM card and keys to the Mercedes, Gurden said. Gurden said there was no sign of forced entry.

Officers searched the canyon with caution at first, not knowing if Wilson had any weapons. Officers said the juvenile later told them Wilson carried a butterfly knife.

Additionally the juvenile told authorities he knew Wilson as “Bo” and met him at his girlfriend’s house in Merced. Merced is about 220 miles south of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 99.

Douglas County authorities said they might file a charge of assault with a deadly weapon against Wilson since he reportedly rammed their car.

Schumacher said the South Lake Tahoe Police Department would ask the district attorney’s office to file charges of attempted burglary and recklessly avoiding police officers.

Speaking from his office, Gurden said Merced would also seek punishment for the two.

“What we’re going to do is once you guys are finished with them in Nevada, we’ll present them to our district attorney’s office and also seek charges,” he said.

— Contact William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com

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